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Mike Hall

I’m a former West Virginia newspaper reporter, staff writer for the United Mine Workers Journal and managing editor of the Seafarers Log. I came to the AFL- CIO in 1989 and have written for several federation publications, focusing on legislation and politics, especially grassroots mobilization and workplace safety. When my collar was still blue, I carried union cards from the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers, American Flint Glass Workers and Teamsters for jobs in a chemical plant, a mining equipment manufacturing plant and a warehouse. I’ve also worked as roadie for a small-time country-rock band, sold my blood plasma and played an occasional game of poker to help pay the rent. You may have seen me at one of several hundred Grateful Dead shows. I was the one with longhair and the tie-dye. Still have the shirts, lost the hair.

Congress Must Defend, Strengthen Wall Street Reform or Risk Return of ‘Casino’ Economy

The AFL-CIO Executive Council urged Congress to stand with the labor movement and President Barack Obama in defending the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act from attacks by Wall Street’s friends in Congress, in a statement released yesterday at its winter meeting in Atlanta. The council also urged new financial industry reforms.

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Executive Council Calls for a New Track, Not Fast Track, on Trade Policy

The AFL-CIO Executive Council called for transparency and broad reform in the nation’s trade negotiations and policies—especially Fast Track—in action yesterday at the council’s winter meeting in Atlanta. In its statement, the council says that current trade policies of the United States are undermining the interests of working people and that when decisions about economic policy are made behind closed doors,

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White House Moves to Close Retirement Advice Loophole

White House Moves to Close Retirement Advice Loophole

The Obama administration today took the first step to close a loophole in the rules that govern Wall Street brokers and financial firms that provide retirement investment advice. That loophole can drain away thousands, or even tens of thousands, of dollars of hard-earned savings from a single retirement account.

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Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

Collective Action Pays Off, Just Look at These 24 Hours

In 24 hours starting late Wednesday, workers who have been standing together in collective action scored three major victories.  Walmart workers got a raise, Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) members settled their strike with FairPoint, and United Steelworkers made safety at oil refinery plants a national issue.

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Refinery Blast Exemplifies Striking Oil Workers Safety Concerns

An explosion at an ExxonMobil refineryin Torrance, Calif., earlier this week that injured four workers and shook homes for miles around was a chilling reinforcement of the safety concerns that striking oil workers have stressed, as the above video from the United Steelworkers (USW) shows.

 

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